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Bulls: 2013-14 midseason grades

Updated: January 24, 2014, 1:41 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

Tom ThibodeauKim Klement/USA TODAY SportsEven without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, Tom Thibodeau has the Bulls fighting for a top-four seed in the East.

The fact that the Chicago Bulls are 21-20 at the halfway point of another forgotten season is a testament to Tom Thibodeau and his players.

But that's the difference for these Bulls. Despite the fact they lost Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee surgery and traded Luol Deng, Thibodeau has gotten his players to believe in finishing the season strong and not giving up.

There's plenty of good grades to go around as we hit the midway point of the season, and there's still room for improvement, particularly from the Bulls' young players. Check out our grades and then vote for your own and tell us why in the comments section.

Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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